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The One Week Career Plan
When you are looking for a job, you are faced with complete uncertainty. It can take a day, a week, a month, and in some cases, it can even take years to find a job. This uncertainty keeps people working even if their job makes them unhappy. They are scared to leave because they don’t know how long they will be unemployed for.
Working somewhere you do not like does not do you, or your company, any good. Money is essential for survival, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is being happy.
We have created a one week career plan, which will bring you closer to getting a job you enjoy. This plan is no guarantee that you will get a job in one week, but if you put in the right effort, you should find employment quickly.
One Week Career Plan
Below is a day-by-day guide to help you get closer to your next job in just seven days.
1. Day One
Day one is the day you realize you cannot take it anymore, and you decide to leave your job. You have to find new work, but you have some important choices to make.
Look into two careers that you have always found interesting. Decide if you want to follow one of these career paths, or if you want to continue your current career path. The possibilities are endless, and you can do anything you want.
Evaluate your skills and see if they are compatible with your choice. Also, make sure your skills are up to date. Make a list of your marketable skills and aim to update them if you have fallen behind on trends.
2. Day Two
Day two should focus on expanding your prospects. Maybe you have a side business that has huge potential and is just waiting for you to put in some hard work. Or maybe there is part-time employment available that can help you upgrade the skills you already have.
You have some time before unemployment begins to take a toll on your credit. Use this time to get any loans you might need for the future and organize your finances. Try to eliminate unnecessary spending and find new ways to earn some money. If needed, apply for unemployment compensation.
3. Day Three
Now that you have decided on your career plan, are aware of your marketable skills and have a vague idea about what you are going to do, it is time to start networking.
Whenever you meet someone, make sure to hand to them your business card and get their business card in return. Let people know you are looking for a job or planning to make a career change.
Make sure your business card has your phone number, your email and maybe a brief description of your skills and/or specialty. The card should be plain and classy — nothing too extravagant.
Contact people for whom you have done favours in the past; they might be able to pay you back by helping you out with your job search.
Make appointments with some local recruiting agencies. Tell them you are looking for work and let them know what skills you have to offer.
It won’t hurt to send out your résumé and cover letter to potential employers; they might be searching for someone exactly like you! Don’t miss out on any opportunity.
If you are planning to stay on your current career path, contact competitors, vendors, and the suppliers of your previous company; these people will appreciate your experience in the field. Make sure you didn’t sign a non-compete agreement — otherwise you could face an action suit.
4. Day Four
Day four should be spent browsing through online resources. Post your hiring information on as many job platforms as you can find. A substantial amount of hiring is done though the Internet, so you should make sure that you market yourself well on this platform.
If you hope to expand your own business rather than look for a job, then this is a good day to look for clients and businesses who might be interested in your product or services. Use as much information as you can gather — from the Internet, through your network of people, etc.
5. Day Five
On day five, note all the feedback you have received. Since you are presenting your information to a wide audience, you will receive multiple responses. They will provide feedback on your résumé, your hiring information, skills, etc.
Some people simply ignore feedback and think they won’t benefit from it; do not make this mistake. Always take note of any positive or negative feedback you get, and see how you can use that feedback to improve your presentation. Everyone will receive negative feedback at some point in their lives, so don’t be disheartened if you get some. Negative feedback is not an obstacle; it is an opportunity to improve.
Finding a job is all about the right opportunity, and you need to do hard work and smart work to maximize your opportunities. Do not wait for an opportunity to knock on your door; search for the opportunity yourself, and if one door closes on you, move on to the next one.
6. Day Six
When you are applying for jobs, employers take into consideration your technical and personal skills. Always aim to keep both of these skills up to date. For your technical skills, you can take courses and get the latest IT certifications.
For personal skills, participate in volunteer programs locally available to you. These volunteer programs may even be targeted toward your career, so you can attain technical as well as personal skills during your period of unemployment.
There are many free seminars and webinars that are regularly conducted to help unemployed people look for jobs. These seminars contain valuable information and tricks that can help you through unemployment, so make sure to attend as many as possible.
Look up key people in your target field. Network with these people as much as possible, because they may become your stepping stones for success. Make sure to show interest in their interests as well.
7. Day Seven
After completing the tasks in the first six days, you should be very close to finding your next job. It may take a few days or a few months, but now you have done everything you can to market yourself.
Always have a back-up plan. If you face a shortage of finances, have ways to make up for that patch of time. Avoid appearing desperate in your job search, and don’t jump at the first job opportunity that may be less than you deserve.
Follow this seven day plan every week until you find employment. Update the plan accordingly as events unfold in your professional life. For example, once you have completed day one, you might not need to do it again. You can replace it with more networking or research.
Apply this plan to your next job hunt. Let us know if it works for you and tell us what you think in the comment section. If you need help preparing for your next interview, or if you are interested in upgrading your technical skills to better market yourself for employment in the IT field, please feel free to contact us. We provide intense Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, Linux and Red Hat courses. We are located in Mississauga near Toronto, Milton, Hamilton, Oakville and Brampton and offer courses to students looking to change their career or improve their professional skills.